Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2019


Secateurs Chenin Blanc

Product code
12 x 750ml
Listing type
South Africa
Regulated designation
Wine of origin (WO)
Western Cape
Coastal Region, Swartland
Chenin Blanc 100 %
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About this winery

Scruffy-faced and ponytailed, Adi Badenhorst is one of the wine world's great characters. Formerly the winemaker at the renowned Stellenbosch estate Rustenberg, he comes from a family with a distinguished wine pedigree: his grandfather was the general manager at Groot Constantia for 46 years. In 2008 together with his cousin Hein he purchased a 60 acre farm which was in the middle of nowhere and had been abandoned since the 1930's. The idea was to make natural wines in the traditional manner,...

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Notes about product

The grapes mostly come from the Badenhorst family farm, Kalmoesfontein, situated on the northern side of the Paardeberg Mountain. All of the fruit comes from old un-irrigated bushvines grown on a variety of granite soils that are naturally low yielding. Most of the Chenin vines were planted the late 1960’s to mid-1970’s.

Winemaking notes

All fruit is whole bunch-handled; no crushing or destemming takes place. The grapes are tranferred directly to old casks or into concrete tanks for fermentation and ageing.The 2019 spent time on its lees in concrete tanks and old casks.

Tasting notes

The aromas are flinty with honey, orange blossom and white stone fruit notes. The time on its lees gives this wine lovely texture and body on the palate.

Press reviews

Gismondi on Wine

- 90 points -

Treve Ring, May 2020

Adi Badenhorst is a champion of the Swartland, the region his family has family has been rooted in and growing in for generations. This wine is mostly from the family farm, Kalmoesfontein, on the granite soiled northern side of the Paaardeberg Mountain. Old unirrigated bushvines planted in the 60s-70s is picked over nearly two weeks, with fresh juice added to the already native ferment. After whole bunch pressing (15% skin contact) this was fermented in older large foudre and concrete where it remained on full lees for seven months, with occasional stirring. Chenin's waxiness is on full display here, woven through wild meadow grasses, herbal citrus, wild orange, fennel, marcona almonds, on a plump, savoury bed of lees. Easy to understand and enjoy without being dumbed down at all, this youthful wine is all about representing Swartland chenin, and it does so expertly.

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